Many people understand the principle of giving: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). This is a very true statement, and yet people still enjoy receiving. This biblical maxim expresses the sentiment that there is great joy to be received from the act of giving to others.
For those in need, a gift is viewed as a precious stone (Proverbs 17:8). It is an object received with gladness and cherished with thanksgiving. We should receive joy from being able to bring happiness to another.
Mankind as a whole was in a needy state; lost in a world of sin and without a hope. But God looked upon His Creation and felt compassion. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Such a gift is truly unspeakable. A simple “thank you” seems so insignificant compared to the cost of our Saviour’s life. However, Jesus tells us that He freely laid His life down for us as the ultimate expression of His love (John 15:13).
The “gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23b). The Bible is clear that this gift is free (Romans 8:32), as God’s love is free (Hosea 14:4). All we have to do is receive the gift through faith, which is also a gift (Ephesians 2:8).
It has pleased the Lord to give of Himself that we might have the gift of eternal life. Indeed, there is great joy in Heaven when this free gift is received by one repenting sinner (Luke 15:7). It should be equally joyous for us, and even more so, having received this free gift of God’s grace ourselves.
We are truly blessed. And yet the Lord is more blessed, for of His love has He given us of Himself; a truly unspeakable gift.